David Greig Brixton

Acrylic on Canvas

H 50cm x W 60cm



'David Greig was the supermarket chain founded by the Greig family of Hornsey, North London. The David Greig chain was a rival to Sainsbury's having been established in 1870. The first store opened in Brixton and eventually expanded across London and the south east and dominated Brixton including this one on Coldharbour Lane.


By the 1960's there were more than 220 Greig shops but sadly the empire came to a swift end due to several deaths in the family in quick succession with death duties and obligatory inheritance tax crippling business. This shop front sign was until very recently exposed following the closure of a previous business but has now been removed.'





Michelle Heron is a figurative painter from Norfolk now living and working in Italy. Following a degree in Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire she spent the next 16 years in London before relocating to Northern Italy. Her paintings have been exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Hampton Court Palace, London and The Royal Academy, London.


In 2016 Michelle’s work was shortlisted for The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, The John Ruskin Prize and The National Open Art Competition and in 2017 was selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This year she has been selected to exhibit at the 157th Society of Women Artists Annual Open Submission Exhibition.


Her paintings depict the British high street and in particular fast disappearing old shops. In recent years, neighbourhoods have changed and lost much of their individuality and charm to modern development. There were 15 shop closures a day in the UK across the first half of 2016, and the country is seeing its fastest rate of shop closures in four years due to a combination of high rents, stagnating wages and an increase in internet shopping. Michelle is also interested in painting other overlooked subjects on the streets such as street furniture and hopes to bring more awareness to what defines a high street and how rapidly they are changing.